Of Wonderland’s Monthly Wrap-Up Post: January 2017

Posted January 31, 2017 by Both in Wrap-Ups & Unboxings / 6 Comments


I hope the new year is treating you well so far. Are you all still motivated about your new year’s resolutions? (HAHAHA I’m just kidding. I know you gave up on them in week 1. We all do.)

So it’s been a really busy month of the blog. Our new co-bloggers and guest posters have started writing. Our Snippets & WIPpets feature has launched. And we started the Of Wonderland Book Club, which got its very own Goodreads group! It’s really great so far, and we’re thankful to all of you who are participating and commenting. Our first month of reading fantasy books has been great, and tomorrow we’re announcing our new theme!



Lies I Told by Michelle Zink // ★ 1/2
Dreadnought by April Daniels // ★★★
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard // ★★★★
How Hard Can Love Be? (The Spinster Club #2) by Holly Bourne // ★★★★ 1/2
The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno // ★★★
Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley // ★
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // ★★★★
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan // ★★ 1/2 (re-read)
The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff // ★★★ 1/2
Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter // ★★★ 1/2
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton // ★★★ 1/2
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman // ★★★ 1/2
Summit 8000 by Andrew Lock // ★★★★
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr // ★★★ 1/2
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee // ★★★ 1/2
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco // ★★
Last Stand (The Black Mage #3) by Rachel E. Carter // ★★★★ 1/2
Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot // ★★
The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth // ★★★★★
The Twitter Diaries by Georgie Thompson // DNF

I am either very tragic or very motivated? I can’t believe I read SO MANY BOOKS. There’s 20 books in there, guys. TWENTY. It started off really well when I completed the #DAReadathon, and I really did my best to keep my diversity streak going. I read some amazing books, some not so amazing. I think it’s clear that I couldn’t make up my mind in terms of rating with so many half-stars! My favourites were definitely How Hard Can Love Be?Last Stand, and The Mother’s Promise. Three very different genres, but all so great.


Flashfall by Jenny Moyer // ★★★1/2
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness // ★★★★★
Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves // ★★★1/2
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard // ★★★1/2
Windwitch by Susan Dennard // ★★★★
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowksi // ★★★ 1/2
Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski // ★★★ 1/2
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski // ★★★★
Frostblood by Elly Blake // ★★ 1/2
RoseBlood by A. G. Howard // ★
The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury // ★★★★

This month has been a fantastic reading month. I ended up reading a total of TWELVE books, ranging from Middle Grade to Adult, and, for the most part, they were all amazing. I do need to pin this down to my love of audiobooks too, though. No matter how much free time I have (or how little free time, as it usually is) I can always listen to an audiobook anywhere, anytime.  I had a few downers, mainly RoseBlood and Frostblood (maybe it’s the blood in the title that makes them suck?) but other than, whew, what a month for books!


High School Debut #7, #8, #9 by Kazune Kawahara // ★★★★
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga // ★★★★
Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams // ★★★1/2
Anomalies by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman // ★★★★
Living In The Shallows (UK Crush #1) by Tani Hanes // ★★★
Distant Horizon by Stephanie Flint // ★★★3/4
Smash and Grab by Amy Christine Parker // ★★★★
Not In Her Wildest Dreams by Dani Collins // ★★★


Jan 1: Of Wonderland Book Club: January 2017 #OWBookClub

Jan 5: A Shakespearean Noob Reads A Midsummer Night’s Dream Retelling (Spoiler: It Ends Well)

Jan 6: Launching the Of Wonderland Book Club Goodreads Group! #OWBookClub

Jan 10: The Black Mage Series Is Getting Shiny New Covers!

Jan 11: DISCUSSION: We Gotta Talk About Clichés

Jan 12: The Smashing & Dashing 2016 Character Awards! (PART ONE)

Jan 13: Discussion: What Exactly Is Insta-Love?

Jan 17: The Sunshine Blogger Award

Jan 18: Fun With Books: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones + Quiz!

Jan 19: Books vs Movie: Me Before You (No Spoilers!)

Jan 20: Bookish Blind Date #1: Opposites Attract

Jan 23: Things I Hope Will Change In 2017

Jan 24: Snippets & WIPpets #001: Aly & “Of Hands & Teeth”

Jan 24: DISCUSSION: Gilmore Girls Revival & Why I’m Mad (SPOILERS.)

Jan 26: Authors In Wonderland: Louise Gornall

Jan 27: How Should You Arrange Your Bookshelf?

Jan 30: LAST STAND Was One Hell of an Epic Finale



To be honest, I’m still not doing very well. My depression is here to reign and I’m doing all I can to keep up with the blog and the Goodreads group, which I love doing. Apart from that, the only thing I have energy for is reading — that’s probably where the high read count is coming from!

The highlight of my month was definitely when my mom took me to the zoo. I don’t know what it is, but I just feel so much more calm around animals. People kind of suck, you know? So I always love trips to the zoo. And I GOT TO SEE SLOTHS. If you know anything about me, you know about my love for sloths — they’re just so chill. I don’t think I ever got to see them IRL. It was quite a moment.


Thanks to our brand new bookclub kicking off this year to an amazing start, I’ve had a pretty good month. Not only did I have an excuse to binge-read all the fantasy books I wanted, but Anissa from FairyLoot asked me to moderate her Goodreads bookclub, and it’s been a blast! In January, we read Flashfall by Jenny Moyer, and I had so much fun discussing the book with all the other FairyLoot fans!

I ended up catching some sort of almost-deadly virus towards the end of the month. I kid you not, I hadn’t felt so horrendous in a while, and it all started during a graveyard shift so I couldn’t even go home. When I did get home, I ended up stumbling straight into bed, and am only now (four days later) starting to feel slightly human. At least I can eat now, which I couldn’t do before.

It was also my birthday this month! I am officially the glorious (and slightly depressing) age of 23. As a surprise, my colleagues at work co-funded an adoption and membership for Monkey World, an ape sanctuary a half hour away from where we live. Apparently, they looked into adopting a sloth for me, but there are no sloth sanctuaries in our vicinity, and frankly, Thelma is too adorable to pass up. Monkey World was amazing, and so much fun, and if you want to watch me freak out over my adopted chimp, you can see my video on Twitter!

What was the best part of January for you?


6 responses to “Of Wonderland’s Monthly Wrap-Up Post: January 2017

  1. TRUTHWITCH, GOD BLESS. I’m super excited to get my hands on Windwitch! I’m next in queue at the library (on account of being broke), so I’ll hopefully acquire it soon. The cover’s so stunning, isn’t it?

    Ooh! Inge, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Six of Crows (I seem to be the black sheep with that book) and The Bone Witch (it’s on the endless “maybe” stack).

    I had a surprisingly excellent start to my reading year; I think my favorites would be Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice and The Martian by Andy Weir. I’m also starting It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt tomorrow, and I’m 98% sure I’m going to end up bawling my eyes out two pages in.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    • I’m reading Truthwitch in February! I can’t wait, Aly’s been raving about it non-stop. 😀 Don’t bother with The Bone Witch, it was about 90% description and 10% story. I was so BORED throughout the entire book. Personally I think Six of Crows would be better on a reread because you’re familiar with all the characters. I slugged through the first half of SoC too because I was trying to place everyone. But it gets really good! I LOVED THE MARTIAN.

  2. Damnnn Inge you read so much??? I want to read How Hard Can Love Be because I really enjoyed Am I Normal Yet 🙂 The rest on your list also are really great titles. A lot of them on my TBR. :3 I love going to the Zoo too. Especially in Switzerland because the animals are getting treated very well and they have great cages (although I still don’t like animals in cages :/). But I’ve never seen a real life sloth :0 #goals

    Aly, I’m surprised to see such a low rating of RoseBlood. I’ve been seeing that book EVERYWHERE. It’s like it’s haunting me :0 What kind of virus was that?? I do hope you’re going to be back on your feet in no time! And it’s so cool from your colleagues to adopt a monkey for you! *.*

    Wish you all a great new month 😀

    Yasmine @ Swissbookworm
    My January Wrap Up

    • Hahaha I know, I read a lot in general but this month was really crazy! I just have a lot of free time and don’t know how else to fill it. Yes, the animals here have lots of space and are treated well too, otherwise I wouldn’t go. But being around animals just immediately calms me down, you know?

  3. Ok, I am feeling like a stalker because I already know most of Inge and Aly’s book haul LOL
    But congratulations anyway for all the reading <3

    Instead I don't know a single book in Anissa's haul so I am going to check's the plots in a bit xD

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